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November 16, 2013

It takes a village

Hobart bookstores come together to create cultural center

Amid the rural setting, snuggled in scenic beauty, bustles the Hobart Book Village. 

Under the tutelage of Don Dales, the bookstores came together and formed the Book Village in 2005. Since then, the village has offered several options to satisfy readers’ thirst for knowledge and entertainment. 

“Today, there are a total of five bookstores covering every subject imaginable,” said Dales, who owns the bookstore Mysteries & More. “We also work together to host events and workshops. Soon, the famous Winter Respite Lectures will begin.” 

The destination of Hobart Book Village attracts not only readers and learners, but also book creators and home decorators. The open doors of businesses, including Paper Moon Book Binding, the Sheep’s Nest, Second Wind Furniture and the MURAL Art Gallery, make for a variety of shopping in Hobart.

MURAL on Main Art Gallery, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is hosting a Community Art Show through Dec. 15. A mixture of paints, graphics, mixed media and sculpture will be on display.

New this winter is HobARTS Workshop. Dales and Amy Morris, owner of Paper Moon Book Binding, established the HobARTS Workshop as a craft activity space. Beginner friendly classes will be held throughout the winter. 

“The Nov. 15 and 22 Fridays, I’ll teach a paper and gem class, from 6 to 7 p.m.,” Morris said in October. “Participants learn how to use decorated paper, small glass tiles and special glaze to make jewelry, magnets, and more.”  A consumable book class will be offered Jan. 10. Pre-registration is required.  For more information on HobARTS workshops, email or visit

At Adams’ Antiquarian Book Store, the 11th annual Winter Respite Lecture Series will be launched Sunday, Nov. 24. Beginning at 3 p.m., Robert Steed will speak on “Verdi & Wagner 200th Birthdays: Talk and Excerpts from Their Music.”

“On Dec. 8, Deirdre Larkin will host ‘Jane Eyre and You, and Me: Confessions of a reading woman, part I,’” said Bill Adams. “The Winter Respite attendees soon discover the best part: Diana serves refreshments.” Bill and Diana Adams own and operate Adams’ Antiquarian Book Store.

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